Happy National Cheese Toastie Day!
To celebrate this gouda day, we would like to share with you this delicious Cheese Toastie with Tomatoes recipe.
This comforting and versatile sandwich combines the classic flavours of melted cheese and ripe tomatoes. Feel free to get creative with additional seasonings or add-ins to customise it to your taste preferences!
4 slices of your favourite bread
1-2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional additions: a sprinkle of dried basil or a few fresh basil leaves, a dash of hot sauce, or a slice of cooked bacon
Step 1 – Butter the Bread: Lay out the slices of bread and spread a thin layer of softened butter on one side of each slice. This will become the outer, crispy layer of the toastie.
Step 2 – Layer the Fillings: On the unbuttered side of one bread slice, place a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes. Season the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper to enhance their flavour.
Step 3 – Add Cheese: Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese) over the tomatoes. If you like it extra cheesy, go ahead and load it up!
Step 4 – Optional Additions: If you want to add some extra flavour, consider sprinkling a bit of dried basil, adding a few fresh basil leaves, or drizzling a dash of hot sauce over the cheese. You can also add a slice of cooked bacon for a smoky twist.
Step 5 – Create the Sandwich: Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese and fillings, buttered side facing out.
Step 6 – Cook the Toastie: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Once it’s hot, carefully place the cheese toastie onto the skillet. Cook it for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the bread becomes golden brown and crispy, and the cheese melts to your desired gooeyness.
Step 7 – Press and Flip: If you have a panini press or a sandwich press, you can use it to press down on the toastie as it cooks. If not, you can use a spatula to gently press it while cooking, which helps melt the cheese and create that deliciously crispy exterior.
Step 7 – Slice and Serve:Once both sides are beautifully golden and the cheese is melted, remove the toastie from the skillet. Let it cool for a moment before slicing it in half diagonally. This makes it easier to handle and enjoy.